What do researchers and managers need to do to prepare for the new Knowledge Exchange Framework? Keep calm and carry on, suggests Hamish McAlpine, head of knowledge exchange data and evidence at Research England.
Exasperated cries of “REF, TEF, and now KEF?” seemed to appear all over my Twitter timeline after universities minister at the time Jo Johnson announced the KEF in October 2017. But just because this three letter acronym rhymes with the other two, it doesn’t mean that the framework for knowledge exchange is trying to achieve the same things as the others, or is doing so in the same way. Here I set out some of the rationale behind the KEF, and give my opinion on what you should do to become ‘KEFable’ (spoiler alert: Nothing. And please, never, ever use the word KEFable again, thanks).
Finding a new gear